Chris Farley

Biography: Chris Farley, performing as a cast member on the groundbreaking comedy series Saturday Night Live (from the fall of 1990 to the spring of 1995) fulfilled his lifelong dream of following in the footsteps of his idol, fellow SNL alumnus and comedic legend, John Belushi.

Farley was a Wisconsin boy who loved every inch of his home state --from cheese and bratwurst to the Badgers and the Green Bay Packers-- and a hyper-energized talent who loved to make others laugh, most often at his own expense. The third of five children, Chris grew up mostly in affluent Maple Bluff, a suburb of Madison. From entertaining his humor-loving Irish family to winning the perpetual title of clown, he continued climbing the comedy ladder, where, at age twenty-four, he was standing in the spotlight of his comedic hero, Belushi, performing on Chicago's famous Second City main review stage, achieving in one year what it took most three or more years to accomplish. (While at Second City, Farley began
Chris Farley, performing as a cast member on the groundbreaking comedy series Saturday Night Live (from the fall of 1990 to the spring of 1995) fulfilled his lifelong dream of following in the footsteps of his idol, fellow SNL alumnus and comedic legend, John Belushi.

Farley was a Wisconsin boy who loved every inch of his home state --from cheese and bratwurst to the Badgers and the Green Bay Packers-- and a hyper-energized talent who loved to make others laugh, most often at his own expense.

The third of five children, Chris grew up mostly in affluent Maple Bluff, a suburb of Madison. From entertaining his humor-loving Irish family to winning the perpetual title of clown, he continued climbing the comedy ladder, where, at age twenty-four, he was standing in the spotlight of his comedic hero, Belushi, performing on Chicago's famous Second City main review stage, achieving in one year what it took most three or more years to accomplish. (While at Second City, Farley began to follow John Belushi's trail down less glorious paths, as well, frequenting the Blues Bar where John used to do drugs, and sometimes taking drunk and high to un-funny extremes.)

Chris Farley, the former improvisational theater star who loved the live TV comedy show atmosphere from the start, especially appreciated his fans, but never understood the adulation. Best known for his many boisterous portrayals of Saturday Night Live characters (the overzealous, auditioning Chippendales dancer, the rhythmic Lunch Lady whose moves accompanied comedian/singer Adam Sandler's rendition of "Lunch Lady Land," and typically his most popular character: thrice-divorced, van-dwelling motivational speaker Matt Foley), Chris' physical agility was never hampered by his ever-growing physique. Playing a loveable, insecure caricature of himself as the host of the SNL segment, "The Chris Farley Show," was also instrumental in quickly establishing him as a Saturday Night Live favorite.

Soon, Farley proved he could carry his comedy to the big screen with minor roles as Conehead Connie's boyfriend, Ronnie, in the 1993 movie, Coneheads, which was based on a popular Saturday Night Live skit; Officer Wilson in 1994's Airheads; and playing a bus driver in Billy Madison (1995). These cameos led to Chris' successful starring performances in Tommy Boy (1995) and Black Sheep in 1996, both in which he acted with fellow SNL cast member and best friend, David Spade, the latter of which propelled the comedians into potential box office stardom.

Unfortunately, Chris Farley's high-speed consumed him more times than not. He incessantly tried to find a more sober world, checking himself into rehab clinic after rehab clinic (as many as seventeen in all) for increasingly shorter stays. But each time he returned, Chris quickly fell back into excessive alcohol and drug use. Sadly, like John Belushi, the comedic idol whom he forever-emulated and who spiraled out of control and died of an overdose at age thirty-three in 1982, Farley's desire to please, a lack of self-esteem, and lifelong addictive patterns snuffed out the star's potential at, ironically, just thirty-three.

To this day, Chris remains to be one of the funniest and certainly most animated comic actors in the business, and is no longer compared to Belushi, but is remembered by his peers and fans, alike, as the funnier of the two.
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Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 33 Sep 29, 2007 Various tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 32 Sep 30, 2006 Himself (Archive Footage) tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 31 Oct 1, 2005 Various 5.7
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 25 Sep 26, 1999 Himself (Archive Footage) tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 24 Sep 26, 1998 Himself / Various tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 23 Sep 27, 1997 Various tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 20 Sep 24, 1994 Himself tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 19 Sep 25, 1993 Himself tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 18 Sep 26, 1992 Various tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 17 Sep 28, 1991 Himself tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 16 Sep 29, 1990 Himself tbd
tbd Saturday Night Live: Season 1 Oct 11, 1975 Various 8.4